Estelle H. Robinson, 79, elementary school teacher

April 10, 2003

Estelle H. Robinson, a retired Baltimore elementary school educator and Rockdale resident, died of complications from diabetes Sunday at University of Maryland Medical Center. She was 79.

Born Estelle Augusta Holsey in Baltimore, she was raised on Druid Hill Avenue. A 1941 graduate of Douglass High School, she earned her bachelor's degree in education from Coppin State College in 1945 and a master's from Columbia University in 1951.

She began her teaching career in Prince George's County and later was on the faculty of elementary schools in the Bronx, N.Y., and in Los Angeles.

In 1951, she married the Rev. Lawrence B. Smith, a United Methodist minister. The couple resided in Pacomia, Calif., and she returned to Baltimore after her husband's death in 1971.

Mrs. Robinson taught at the city's Benjamin Banneker, James Mosher and Robert Fulton elementary schools before retiring in 1986.

In 1978, she married Andrew Myles Robinson, a now-retired maintenance supervisor for the state Department of Human Resources who survives her. They enjoyed cruising the Chesapeake Bay aboard their powerboat Aries III, and were members of the Neptune Yacht Club.

Mrs. Robinson also liked writing poetry and producing and directing school graduation plays, family members said.

She was an active member of Sharp Street Memorial United Methodist Church, 1206 Etting St., where family visitation will begin at 10:30 a.m. today followed by services at 11 a.m.

Mrs. Robinson also is survived by four sons, Jonathan D. Smith and Timothy B. Smith, both of Baltimore, Army Lt. Col. Lawrence B. Smith of Fort Belvoir, Va., and Kevin A.J. Smith of Giessen, Germany; a stepdaughter, Sharon R. Dow of Rockdale; three sisters, Charlotte Holsey Harper, Juanita Holsey Gates and Marian Holsey Barclift, all of Baltimore; six stepsisters, Gwendolyn Mickle, Gloria Farrar, Frances Dorsey, Nancy Finch, Ruth Smith and Joyce Weaver, all of Baltimore; and eight grandchildren.

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